Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds took a twelfth place in round one, then found the pain too uch to contend with in round two at the punishing Thruxton circuit yesterday.

Reynolds was riding with the broken left collarbone he received at Silverstone during qualifying three weeks ago. He will spend the next two-weeks resting his injuries and is looking forward to racing fully fit and for race wins as the season progresses.

"That was a very difficult weekend for me because of my broken collarbone," the Brit explained "Thruxton is a physically demanding track and you really need to be at full fitness to race here. During the first lap of the first race, the bike felt brilliant and I was actually thinking I could get a good result. But after three or four laps the bumps and quick turns started to take their toll on my collarbone. I was in agony, I thought at one point I had broken my collarbone again and thought it was sticking out of my leathers - it was that painful.

"In the second race I was running in 15th and was hurting bad," Reynolds continued. "Vibrations from the track were really causing me pain and I decided to pull in to the pits. I didn't want to risk re-injuring my collarbone or making it any worse. I am glad to have scored some points today, but the priority is to be near full strength at Oulton Park in two weeks and start challenging for race wins."

Team boss Paul Denning admired his rider's determination, and know there's good times ahead. "John always knew that Thruxton was going to be hard with his broken collarbone," Denning said. "This is a very physical circuit and trying to ride it with an injury like JR's is almost beyond belief and proves his absolute determination to score points and race his motorcycle. It is a long season and now he has two weeks to heal before he has to race again. He will come back and Team Rizla Suzuki will come back refreshed and much stronger at Oulton Park.

"We can't wait to see what John can do on his Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 when he's fully fit if he is this fast with a broken collarbone! The team has a very competitive bike this year and it has the potential to win races and challenge at the front of the Championship. With two fit and focussed riders the Rizla Suzuki will be difficult to beat. Roll on Oulton Park!"



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